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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 11th April, 2023)


Scanning over the roofs of Wigan - from Standish Wood Lane - and Jodrell Bank.

Photo: David Long  (Sony DSC-RX10M3)
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Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 11th April 2023 at 00:05

Good photo that David, well done.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th April 2023 at 08:07

Good Heavens.....It's years since I went to Jodrell bank and it was quite a ride to get there....that photo gives the impression that you could walk to it!

Comment by: Veronica on 11th April 2023 at 08:56

I remember learning about Jodrell Bank at school in the Juniors. The Observatory was established by Bernard Lovell in1945 “a radio astronomer at the University to investigate cosmic rays.” He had worked on radar in the War. It was around the time when Yuri Gagarin went into Space and we were all fascinated 10 year olds I think that’s why I remember learning about it. I have never visited though. A good photo to be able to see it in Cheshire from Standish.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 11th April 2023 at 13:03

The dish at Jodrell Bank must look awesome when you are nearer to it.

Veronica, you reminded me of where I was when Gagarin was blasted into space....I was at the local flicks & the news was flashed on the screen....I have no idea what film I was watching at the time !

Comment by: Veronica on 11th April 2023 at 14:02

I think I learned a lot in that class with Miss Lennegan. It was also the time of the Suez Crisis and Grace Kelly’s wedding. Yet I can’t remember names of people I knew and whatI had for tea yesterday! Plus I remember the introduction of Enid Blyton Books Helen.. so some things obviously sank in! .,;o)

Comment by: Cyril on 11th April 2023 at 14:29

I too was thinking that Irene, it looks to be just a few fields away, it must be a clever camera that David, in being that the buildings close by are in focus as are objects in the distance. I've never been to Jodrell Bank either, and I remember those Sputniks too Veronica and the dog Laika, though I was too young at the time to have understood the cruel act of sending a dog into space, and with no chance of returning her back to Earth alive or even when dead. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sad-story-laika-space-dog-and-her-one-way-trip-orbit-1-180968728/

The ending of words with nik or niks seemed to be popular back then, there were Beatniks, though some said Bohemians, and other nik words too, https://www.affixes.org/alpha/n/-nik.html

Comment by: Garry on 11th April 2023 at 15:35

That's an incredible photo Rev David Long. Don't know how far Jodrell Bank is from Wigan, but I wouldn't like to walk it.

Comment by: Simon on 11th April 2023 at 16:34

You can see it with the naked eye if you are looking in the right direction.

Comment by: Pru on 11th April 2023 at 16:41

29.8 miles, 52 minutes via M6 on a good day.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th April 2023 at 17:27

Garry, it's in Cheshire and if you don't know it's there it can give you a slight shock to suddenly get a glimpse of it in the beautiful countryside. It's one of those moments when you need a sherry! (I know it's there but I would join you in a glass anyway.....any excuse! Cheers!).

Comment by: Gary on 11th April 2023 at 17:52

Jodrell Bank radio telescope was finally completed in 1957 - I visited in 1966 and actually saw Bernard Lovell.
Gagarin's orbit was 12th April 1961. The telescope was able to track all of the space ironworks at the time, initially more accurately than NASA.
At the time, the largest moveable dish of its type and still useful in its field today.
Good photo.

Comment by: Stan on 11th April 2023 at 17:57

About 20 miles away m6 motorway south.

Comment by: e on 11th April 2023 at 18:13


Comment by: Poet on 11th April 2023 at 19:11

If you travelled as fast as Apollo 11 did on re entry , it would take you 5 seconds to get to Jodrell Bank from Wigan .

Comment by: Veronica on 11th April 2023 at 20:45

Would it have been a Sputnik then around 1957 Gary ?

Comment by: Iris on 11th April 2023 at 21:03

Simon, I do not wish to see it whilst naked, nor in any direction, thank you.

Comment by: Garry on 11th April 2023 at 21:58

Irene, I've a couple of bottles in stock...when your ready.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 12th April 2023 at 13:25

That view won't be like that for long, because The Galleries, which is in the middle of the picture, is to be replaced by high rise flats.

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